Alexis Smith x The Giving Keys #WordOfTheYear

Alexis Smith x The Giving Keys #WordOfTheYear

What word is on your key for 2023? What does it mean for you to carry this word with you into the new year? 

The word on my key in 2023 will be LOVE. I won't just be bringing LOVE into the New Year but hopefully all of 2023. Carrying LOVE is like a warm hug. There are lots of ways you can encourage the principle of love in your own and others' lives: Never give up on and always be open to the idea of LOVE, LOVE the people you're with and time spent with them, LOVE where you're at in life & most importantly to always LOVE yourself. I encourage you to reach out and tell someone that you LOVE them today!

In what ways will you be incorporating more CONNECTION in 2023?

Sometimes it's all about taking initiative and making that first step of connection to bring your friends and family together. For me, whether it be a small boys night or a week away on vacation, saying YES to more things in 2023 will be a great way to connect with everyone I care about! 

Why do you think human connection is so important in the world today?

In today's world, it's sooo easy to get caught up in not being in the moment. For me specifically, human connection is a way to bring me back down to my roots. A way to be present in every moment, appreciating the small things with the people who matter the most to me. Knowing you can be there to help someone in need or having a specific person you can lean on when times get tough is sometimes all someone, or you, might need to get through the day.

Tell us the story of how you have passed on your key or how you plan to pass it on.

Personally, I haven't passed along my key yet. I never leave my house without wearing one of my key necklaces and without any hesitation, multiple times a week, I get stopped by someone asking questions about them. Passing along the meaning and messages whenever I get the chance is a great feeling knowing I'm leaving a touch of empowerment in someone's life. It's been a staple reminder to myself since 2015 to always keep "LOVING', "DREAMING" and "BELIEVING".

Bio: My name is Alexis Smith, a Midwest girl based in Marion, Iowa! A few years ago I stepped out of my comfort zone and created a Bookstagram account during lockdown and haven't looked back since! Having a community of friends with whom I can talk all things Bookish built a connection with people I didn't know was possible! Swing by my cozy corner of the internet for a good laugh or feel free to shoot me a message if you're looking for a book recommendation!

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